World Young Women’s Christian Association
Develop the leadership and collective power of women and girls around the world to achieve justice, peace, health, human dignity, freedom, and a sustainable environment for all people.
1855, London (UK), during the industrial revolution in Great Britain, when young women, drawn by the prospect of jobs and opportunities, gave up rural living and moved to London city. By 1894 there were YWCAs in several countries worldwide, sharing a commitment to peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people. At this time, the YWCAs of Great Britain, USA, Norway, and Sweden joined to form the World YWCA, one of the first independent international women's organisations in the world. The organisation made it possible for YWCAs to work more cohesively, and has been a pioneer in raising the status of women and international awareness of issues affecting women. Constitution revised in 1930 and 1941. New Constitution adopted in 1955; revised in: 1963; 1983; 1987; 1991; 1995; 1999; 2003; 2007; 2011.